by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
10/8/2015 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Learning
how to continue the mission while under the stresses of combat is
essential to being successful on the battlefield. Although the mission
of the 460th Space Wing is largely tied to space operations, some units
in the wing play a role on the frontlines.
The 460th Medical Group held annual Combat Leadership and Combat Medic training Oct. 1 -4, 2015, at Fort Carson, Colo.
"The training covered a whole host of real-world scenarios that Airmen
could run into down range," said Senior Master Sgt. Colby Bower, 460th
MDG superintendent. "This includes vehicle born improvised explosive
devices, IED's, a downed pilot, encountering weapons caches and sniper
fire, as well as ambushes. The scenarios were designed to instill stress
and frustration so that the members could learn how to overcome
distractors and keep the mission going in order to bring their people
This annual training prepares 460th MDG Airmen for frontline deployment.
Air Force medical personnel are expected to and have deployed in
support of Army and Marine units, so combat simulated training is vital
to understanding the types of stressors and situations that will arise
while in a hostile deployed location.
"In spite of what our day to day duties may look like, we are still an
expeditionary force," said Lt. Col. Christopher Mathews, 460th MDG chief
of aerospace medicine. "We have Airmen in harm's way around the globe
right now. The exercise brings that fact back to the forefront of the
Airman's mind and puts into practice the skills that could make the
difference between success or failure in a worst case scenario."
Eight 460th MDG Airmen were involved in the training that included
starting an intravenous, clearing an airway, wound management, patient
care under fire, tactical field care and tactical combat casualty care.
In order to simulate the stressors of combat, the cadre exposed the
Airmen to low light environments with loud combat nose while they worked
on patients in order to induce confusion and stress.
As well, close quarters combat training, patrolling techniques, reacting
to enemy contact and land navigation were also taught during the
"Our basic mission in the military is to go down range and take the
fight to the enemy," Bowers said. "We have a host of wartime skills and
training requirements that get rusty while stateside, and especially at
small bases and medical facilities such as Buckley AFB."
The training provided the Airmen a look into what and how they'll be expected to perform in a hostile deployed location.
"They learned a little bit more about themselves and what they are
capable of doing in a stressful situation," Bowers said. "They also
developed some more confidence in their medical training and built
Esprit De Corps with their teammates."
Different units from Buckley AFB including the 140th Explosive Ordnance
Disposal unit, 460th Security Forces Squadron and 460th Logistics
Readiness Squadron, came together to make this training exercise as
realistic as possible.
"We are constantly supporting critical military operations around the
globe from Buckley AFB. Our Medical Group, commanded by Col. Michael
Kindt, is increasing their readiness to treat combat casualties in
addition to the daily care they give our wing and tenant partners," said
Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander. "This not only sharpens
their skills, but increases our collective ability to fight and win
during combat operations. I'm extremely proud of the team for going
through this intensive training, led by Lt. Col. Mathews and Senior
Master Sgt. Bowers."